Sand in the Gears

Hammering art

Friday, February 10th, 2017 Posted in The Artful Life | No Comments »

They say all great men have a morning routine, so I figured I ought to rush right out and get me one of those. I'll belabor the elements of that routine while subtly flattering myself for it some other time; ...

Of mice and men

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | No Comments »

The mice think I am a god. Not the God, but definitely a god. Their tithe is a fresh-hollowed hazelnut, rolled into the center of my floor every morning. The nuts come, no doubt, from the two-pound bag they stole last ...

Fair

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | 17 Comments »

I've been working on contentment, which mostly means I've been praying for God to help me be content in whatever circumstances I find myself, then griping at him when I face trials that might help me learn contentment. But I'm ...

Past where legs can carry

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 Posted in Faith and Life | 21 Comments »

The day after an amazingly talented actor pushed heroin into his vein and died, I saw yet another study purporting to show that we live in the best of times. It's hard to disagree. Infant mortality and poverty are plummeting. Our ...

On the virtue of not being special

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 Posted in Faith and Life | 47 Comments »

"I have a sense," I once told a counselor, "that I'm supposed to do something great." He sat back in his chair and smiled. "Oh yeah. Everyone has that feeling about himself. Especially in this country." I was deflated for weeks. My ...

The difference between being blessed and being spared

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 Posted in Faith and Life | 3 Comments »

Some of you may like my latest Good Letters post. Here's an excerpt: This quiet slaughter is perhaps the greatest perversion wrought by the devil after the fall. The most innocent among God’s most favored creation, cut down by a world ...

On feeling Godforsaken

Friday, March 29th, 2013 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | 3 Comments »

Some of you might like my meditation on what Good Friday means to the parent of a dead child. Here's an excerpt: "It is a great mystery to me, how God can know what it means to be forsaken, and because ...

On the Virtue of Hemlock

Sunday, February 5th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on On the Virtue of Hemlock

In his recent Boston Review essay, philosophy professor Carlos Fraenkel manages the neat trick of advocating a sensible position -- that high-school students should be taught philosophy -- so ineptly that he ends up proving the opposite, namely, that while ...